Quite a few Yext, Inc. (NYSE:YEXT) insiders sold their shares over the past year, which may be a cause for concern. When analyzing insider transactions, it is usually more valuable to know whether insiders are buying versus knowing if they are selling, as the latter sends an ambiguous message. However, when multiple insiders sell stock over a specific duration, shareholders should take notice as that could possibly be a red flag.
While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, we do think it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing.
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Yext Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Co-Founder & Director, Brian Distelburger, sold US$419k worth of shares at a price of US$6.13 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$6.60. As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price, because it suggests they were happy with a lower valuation. Please do note, however, that sellers may have a variety of reasons for selling, so we don’t know for sure what they think of the stock price. This single sale was just 2.2% of Brian Distelburger’s stake.
All up, insiders sold more shares in Yext than they bought, over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
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Insiders At Yext Have Sold Stock Recently
The last three months saw significant insider selling at Yext. In total, Executive VP Ho Shin sold US$93k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. In light of this it’s hard to argue that all the insiders think that the shares are a bargain.
Does Yext Boast High Insider Ownership?
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Yext insiders own about US$55m worth of shares. That equates to 6.7% of the company. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Yext Tell Us?
An insider sold Yext shares recently, but they didn’t buy any. And our longer term analysis of insider transactions didn’t bring confidence, either. Insiders own shares, but we’re still pretty cautious, given the history of sales. We’re in no rush to buy! Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Yext, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions of direct interests only, but not derivative transactions or indirect interests.
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